One of fashion week's most popular nail artists weighs in.
No more chipped nails in 2020—I want better for you. In fact, it's time to step up your nail art game all the way; life's too short for boring manis, you know? Think back to how many times you've worn the nail color that's on your nails right now. Exactly. Too many times. A whole new decade means a whole new outlook. On the list of things that the new year will bring, let's manifest that nice nails are also a part of that narrative. Like a fresh haircut, fresh nails can completely change your attitude. New York City-based editorial nail artist and fashion week veteran Miss Pop is here to download you on the biggest nail trends of 2020. Scroll on for the manis that'll bring on all the double taps on the 'Gram.
The French Mani
"This classic is making a comeback," Miss Pop confirms. "But it’s not the stacked pink and whites of the ‘90s. Now, French manis will feature exaggerated curves and a rainbow range of lacquers. White tips will also make a resurgence, but skip the nude polish and opt for negative space for a fresh take on the look."
Mood Ring Nails
"Like your favorite ring back in the day, mood ring-like lacquers will be all the rage," says Miss Pop. "Color-shifting shades with shimmering dimension will surprise you depending on the light. Is it blue? Is it black? Is it purple? You won’t be able to quite put your finger on the glittery special effects."
Animal Nails
Ever since Kendall Jenner and Ariana Grande decided to show off their cow print nails, everyone's gotten the urge to pay homage to their favorite animals. Whether it's a zebra, snake, cow, or cheetah, feel free to wear whatever creature floats your boat on your nails in 2020.
Non-Toxic Nails
"Over the past decade and change, nearly all the brands have taken the toxic trio—formaldehyde, DBP, and toluene—out of the nail lacquer," says Miss Pop. Pictured here is one of New York's most-visited clean beauty salons, Dear Sundays, which also has a line of polishes (this delicate rosy blush is one of their most sought-after shades). "I think there will continue to be even more innovation for health and sustainability," Miss Pop confirms.
Rainbow Nails
All the indecisive minds, please stand up and give praise because rainbow nails are all the range. Yep, that's right, no more spending an hour at the nail salon choosing a color. Choose them all!
Hand Skincare
"They say the way to tell someone’s real age is by their hands," says Miss Pop. "Skincare has become such a focus in the beauty world and on social media. I think people will extend the treatments down to their fingertips and feet. Manicures and pedicures won’t just be about a polish change but be covered as a truly elegant self-care ritual that begins with exfoliation and hydration and ends with polish."
Negative Space Nails
Minimalistic designs, like negative space nails, are becoming more and more attractive because of the convenience. They save you time and give you space to grow out your nails as long as you want depending on the design.
Swirly Nails
This groovy design is a nod to the '70s in the best way. Sure, this swirly shape may be a bit trippy to stare at but that's why it's so much more fun than straight-edge, predictable designs.
Freestyle Nails
If you truly DGAF about uniformity and want to win nail selfie of the year, try this. You have the freedom to turn each and every one of your nails into its own work of art that belongs in a museum. Consider this a "you do you" design if you've ever seen one.
Nothing But Neutral Nails
Take the low-key approach to mis-matched nails with neutrals. It's a chiller version of rainbow nails, if those aren't quite your thing. Plus, they're interview-appropriate and a feast for the eyes.
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